A French marquis meanders through a tremendous maze of halls, theaters and dance halls at a gathering for a Persian minister. On a cold winter day, a number of small groups of women and men are waiting at the entrance of the ‘Winter Palace’. The character, the narrator of the film, starts talking and chases after a silhouette called The European. Together they begin to walk around the palace in countless rooms. Each room describes a different part of Russian history in a non-chronological order.